Karim’s Story: The Egyptian Crackdown on Human Rights Defenders – podcast | New

Karim Ennarah, a human rights defender with the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, was at a resort town in southern Sinai when he was arrested and charged with joining a terrorist group and “spreading fake news.” He was held in a Cairo prison and became one of the country’s thousands of political prisoners.

Ennarah tells Anushka Asthana that his arrest was only the beginning of his separation from his British wife. Jess kelly describes to Anushka the moment she found out her husband had been arrested by security services while cycling on a London street, and the great difficulties she herself encountered in locating him.

Having been released from detention, Ennarah still faces travel restrictions in Egypt and an assets freeze. Meanwhile, many others like him remain in prison without access to legal representation.

  • Excerpts from Bloomberg, ABC, Channel 4 News, CNN

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